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Article California Budget & Policy CenterAugust 2019 | By Amy Rose Ray Apodaca
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Demand for Competitive Cal Grants Far Exceeds Supply

Low-income students who attend college more than one year after high school graduation and meet certain GPA requirements are eligible for Competitive Cal Grants awards. These awards help students pay for tuition and fees, as well as living expenses.

Article Enoch JemmottMarch 28, 2019Mr. Jemmott is a senior at Queens College
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The Implicit Punishment of Daring to Go to College When Poor

A documentary to be screened on Capitol Hill next month, in which I am featured, chronicles the experience of low-income students navigating college admissions.

When I heard that federal prosecutors were charging 50 people in six states for a college admissions bribery scheme and read the accounts that followed, outlining all of the other extensive, mostly legal, help that applicants from rich families get, it underscored how different the admissions experience was for me and my high school classmates in Canarsie.

Article By Stacy Cowley and Erica L.GreenMarch 7, 2019
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A College Chain Crumbles, and Millions in Student Loan Cash Disappears

When the Education Department approved a proposal by Dream Center, a Christian nonprofit with no experience in higher education, to buy a troubled chain of for-profit colleges, skeptics warned that the charity was unlikely to pull off the turnaround it promised.

What they didn’t foresee was just how quickly and catastrophically it would fail.

Barely a year after the takeover, dozens of Dream Center campuses are nearly out of money and may close as soon as Friday. More than a dozen others have been sold in the hope they can survive.

Article March 1, 2019 by Geona BarrowSacramento Observer
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Paying for College: Finding The Resources You Need

Akosia Robinson took her three children on tours of her alma mater, Morgan State University, hoping to spark an interest and have them follow in her footsteps and attend the historically Black university.

None of them have chosen the Baltimore campus Ms. Robinson attended, but she says she supports their dreams and goals, wherever they may take them.

“I want them to follow their passion,” the local mom shared.

Article Alex TanziFebruary 17, 2019
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U.S. Student Debt in ‘Serious Delinquency’ Tops $166 Billion

Student-loan delinquencies surged last year, hitting consecutive records of $166.3 billion in the third quarter and $166.4 billion in the fourth.

Bloomberg calculated the dollar amounts from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s quarterly household-debt report, which includes only the total owed and the percentage delinquent at least 90 days or in default.

That percentage has remained around 11 percent since mid-2012, but the total increased to a record $1.46 trillion by December 2018, and unpaid student debt also rose to the highest ever.

Article By Felicia MelloFeb. 7, 2019
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Not-so-free college: The limits of California’s Promise program

As student government president for the California Community Colleges, Iiyshaa Youngblood represents millions of people who scrape to pay for, and complete, even a two-year degree program. So you might expect the Inland Empire psychology major to be excited about a proposal to offer Californians two years of community college tuition-free.    

You’d be wrong.

“That bill helps people who can already afford college,” Youngblood, a student at Moreno Valley College, says.

Article By Lamar Alexander Feb. 7, 2019Feb. 7, 2019
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Going to College Should Not Be a Financial Albatross

Our country has most of the best colleges in the world. Students should be able to afford them, and borrowers should not be crushed by debts.

A college graduate paying more than $1,000 per month on student loans recently wrote that he had been told “to chase down a bachelor’s degree by any means necessary.” But, he added, “no one mentions just how expensive and soul-crushing the debt will be.”

Article California Department of EducationJonathan Mendick

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Appoints Chief Counsel

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that he has appointed Keith Yamanaka as Chief Counsel for California Department of Education (CDE). His branch, the Legal and Audits Branch, oversees the Audits and Investigations Division and provides legal advice and representation to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, CDE, and State Board of Education.

Article Leticia Ordaz KCRA 3Anchor/Reporter
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Over 3,000 students attend Black College Expo at Sac State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) — Over 3,000 high school students from around the Sacramento area packed the University Union at Sacramento State on Saturday to attend the Black College Expo.

The students found out about financial aid, booming careers and what it takes to survive in college as they met with over 50 college representatives.

“It makes me feel great knowing that all of these colleges came here for me so I could be successful in the future,” said Natomas High School student Floyd Gilmore.


Search for Student Aid Commission Chief Executive Director Announced

Sacramento, CA (2019) – An exceptional professional opportunity has been advertised for the key leadership position at the state’s higher education financial aid administrator and policy advisor. Resumes for the California Student Aid Commission’s Executive Director position will be accepted through February 25, 2019, by CPS HR Consulting.

Email: jengelmann@cpshr.us

Article Nick Anderson January 21, 2019
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Attention, college shoppers. These schools are slashing their prices

As soaring tuition scares off many families, a growing number of private colleges have embraced a marketing tactic associated more with selling airline tickets or flat-screen televisions than higher education: a price cut.

St. John’s College slashed tuition from $52,734 in this school year to $35,000 in the next.

The liberal arts school, with campuses in Maryland and New Mexico, joined more than 20 others nationwide that have reduced prices in the past three years.

Article KCRA 3 Brandi CummingsJanuary 09, 2019
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California’s first Latina chief deputy superintendent sworn in


California swore in its first Latina chief deputy superintendent of public instruction on Wednesday.

Lupita Cortez Alcalá was sworn in during a ceremony at the California Board of Education meeting in Sacramento.

Cortez Alcalá was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and grew up in California. In school, she was an English learner and had to repeat kindergarten after failing the first time. Cortez Alcalá eventually attended UC San Diego for her bachelor’s degree and got her master’s from Harvard University.

Article Adolfo Guzman-Lopez December 26, 2018
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A push for college financial aid to cover more than tuition

A push for college financial aid to cover more than tuition

The agency that runs Cal Grant, California’s biggest financial aid program for students at public colleges, want the legislature to expand the program to cover rent, food, transportation and other non-tuition expenses. That could cost as much as $2 billion a year.

Article Erica L. Green and Annie WaldmanDec. 28, 20108
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‘I Feel Invisible’: Native Students Languish in Public Schools

This article was reported and written in a collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism organization.

WOLF POINT, Mont. — The faint scars on Ruth Fourstar’s arms testify to a difficult life on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation: the physical and emotional abuse at home, the bullying at school, the self-harm that sent her rotating through mental health facilities and plunged her to a remedial program from the honor roll.

Article Shuang Li , Maria Sestito and Brian PerlmanPosted December 12, 2018 10:14 am
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An unlikely entrepreneur: The Bay Area teen trying to help foster youth through tech

Carrying his coffee, 18-year-old Joseph Franco headed out his front door and walked to the convenience store near his Oakland apartment. He needed change for the bus.

“I’m a youth, so it’s $1.15,” he said before stepping onto the nearly empty 54. He went straight to the back row and sat down. When the bus stopped at the Fruitvale BART station, Franco stood up, adjusted his hat and thanked the driver. He was headed to a job interview at a burrito restaurant in Dublin, California.

Article The Daily Californian Wednesday, January 2, 2019Alyssa Bernardino Staff
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Student Regent Devon Graves to chair UC Board of Regents basic needs committee

Student Regent Devon Graves was appointed chair of the UC Board of Regents Special Committee on Basic Needs on Monday — marking the first time in history a student has been appointed chair of a Board of Regents committee.

Graves will serve as chair of the committee, effective immediately, through June 2019, as appointed by Board of Regents chair George Kieffer. The committee, which will be established for two years, reviews campus, systemwide and national trends supporting basic needs for UC students.